Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Kill Devil Hills is a town in Dare County, North Carolina. The population was 6,683 at the 2010 census, up from 5,897 in 2000. It is the most populous settlement in both Dare County and on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The Kill Devil Hills Micropolitan Statistical Area is part of the larger Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.

The town is home to the site of the Wright brothers' first controlled, powered airplane flights on December 17, 1903, chosen for its good winds.[4] The town was commemorated by the Wright Brothers National Memorial, which was dedicated in 1932.[5] At the time of the flight, the town of Kill Devil Hills did not exist, and it did not receive its municipal charter until 1953.[6] Kitty Hawk, popularly noted as the site of the famous flights, is approximately four miles (6 km) to the north, and was the nearest settlement at the time of the famous flight.

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Kill Devil Hills Beach Guard Tower, North of the Wright Memorial
Kill Devil Hills Beach Guard Tower, North of the Wright Memorial
Official seal of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

Birthplace of Aviation
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 36°1′32″N 75°40′12″W / 36.02556°N 75.67000°WCoordinates: 36°1′32″N 75°40′12″W / 36.02556°N 75.67000°W
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total5.5 sq mi (14.4 km2)
 • Land5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total6,683
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,200/sq mi (460/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-35720[2]
GNIS feature ID1025849[3]


Kill Devil Hills is the site of the Wright Brothers National Memorial, commemorating the siblings' four powered airplane flights of Thursday, December 17, 1903. Orville returned in 1911, and on October 25 he set a new world glider record, remaining in the air 10 minutes and 34 seconds, soaring against the wind with very little forward movement.[7]

In addition to the Wright Brothers National Memorial, Sam's Diner in the town is on the National Register of Historic Places, listed in 1999.[8]

Geography and climate

Kill Devil Hills is located at 36°1′32″N 75°40′12″W / 36.02556°N 75.67000°W (36.025448, −75.670105),[9] on the barrier islands known as the Outer Banks.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.5 square miles (14 km2), of which, 5.5 square miles (14 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.36%) is water.

As a result of its climate and proximity to beaches, the population rises significantly in Kill Devil Hills and other towns located on the Outer Banks during the summer months.

Panorama of Kill Devil Hills

Photographed from the Wright Brothers National Memorial

Panorama of Kill Devil Hills at Night

Panorama of Kill Devil Hills at Night


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20167,121[1]6.6%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 5,897 people, 2,585 households, and 1,491 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,067.8 people per square mile (412.5/km²). There were 5,302 housing units at an average density of 960.1 per square mile (370.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.40% White, 0.61% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 1.05% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.95% of the population. 26.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 38.1% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 105.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,713, and the median income for a family was $44,681. Males had a median income of $31,431 versus $23,206 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,679. About 5.2% of families and 8.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.8% of those under age 18 and 5.5% of those age 65 or over.

Kill Devil Hills is part of North Carolina's 3rd congressional district, represented by Republican Walt Jones, elected in 1994, until his death on February 10, 2019. [12] His seat is currently vacant.


Kill Devil Hills is home to the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Tidewater Summer League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Daredevils play at First Flight Baseball Complex on Veterans Drive in Kill Devil Hills. The team, founded in 1997, began play in Kill Devils Hills in 2005.[13]


First Flight Airport (IATA: FFA, ICAO: KFFA, FAA LID: FFA) is a public use airport which is owned by the National Park Service and located one mile west of Kill Devil Hills.[14]

First Flight Airport covers an area of 40 acres at an elevation of 13 feet (4 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway — designated 2/20 — with an asphalt surface measuring 3,000 by 60 feet (914 by 18 m). For the 12-month period ending August 19, 2009, the airport had 38,120 aircraft operations, an average of 104 per day: 97% general aviation, 3% air taxi, and <1% military.[14]

The airport is notable for being the site of hundreds of pre-flight gliding experiments carried out by the Wright brothers. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission chose First Flight Airport as one of the stops for the National Air Tour 2003.[15]


First Flight Elementary School and First Flight Middle School are in Kill Devil Hills, just south of the Monument. Kill Devil Hills is also served by First Flight High School. The school first opened on Tuesday, August 17, 2004, to 800 students. Previously, high school students from Kill Devil Hills attended Manteo High School.[16]

Popular culture

See also


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Telegram from Orville Wright in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, to His Father Announcing Four Successful Flights, December 17, 1903". World Digital Library. December 17, 1903. Retrieved July 21, 2013.
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Kill Devil Hills". Outer Banks Visitors Bureau. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  7. ^ "Flying Machine: Construction and Operation – Chapter XXVII". 1911-07-01. Archived from the original on 2000-02-05. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  8. ^ National Park Service (November 2, 2013). "National Register Information System – Sam's Diner (#99000062)". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved July 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ [1]
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  12. ^ Seelye, Katherine (February 13, 2019). "Walter B. Jones, 76, Dies; Republican Turned Against Iraq War". New York Times. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Daredevils History…". OBX Daredevils - A Collegiate Summer Baseball Team. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b FAA Airport Master Record for FFA (Form 5010 PDF). Federal Aviation Administration. Effective May 31, 2012.
  15. ^ "The National Park Service and the National Air Tour 2003 Announce Plans for Stop at Wright Brothers National Memorial". U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission. 2003. Archived from the original on 2006-09-23. Retrieved 2006-12-19.
  16. ^ Freeman, Darren (18 August 2004). "NO LINES, NO CROWDS, JUST MORE SPACE". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
  17. ^ Metal Talk (March 5, 2011). "REX BROWN AND VINNIE APPICE FORM NEW BAND - KILL DEVIL HILL". Metal Talk. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  18. ^ "So Long Ago - The Coral Lyrics - Google Search". Retrieved 2018-03-23.

External links

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Panorama of Kill Devil Hills, Beach (day)

Panorama of Kill Devil Hills, Beach (day)

Preceded by
Kitty Hawk
Beaches of The Outer Banks Succeeded by
Nags Head
Bodie Island

Bodie Island (pronounced, "body" as in the human body) is a long, narrow barrier peninsula that forms the northernmost portion of the Outer Banks. The land that is most commonly referred to as Bodie Island was at one time a true island, however in 1811 Roanoke inlet that separated it from the Currituck Banks in the north closed. As a result, the Currituck Banks and Bodie Island are now one contiguous peninsula, joined together at the Nags Head area, where the inlet once flowed. Today, either name can be used to refer to peninsula as a whole, but both portions colloquially retain their historical names.

From the southern tip at Oregon Inlet, the peninsula stretches largely northwest out of North Carolina and into Virginia Beach, Virginia to join the mainland at Sandbridge near the north shore of Back Bay. The entire peninsula is approximately 72 miles in length, following the shoreline.

Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson (born October 24, 1960) is an American professional monster truck driver. He is the creator, team owner, and former driver of "Grave Digger" on the USHRA Monster Jam circuit. Anderson is from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, where he currently resides.

Devils Mountain

Devils Mountain or Devil's Mountain can refer to any of several peaks with similar names:

Devil's Tower (disambiguation)

Devil's Peak (disambiguation)


FFHS may refer to:

Federation of Family History Societies, a British charity

Fergus Falls Senior High School, in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, United States

First Flight High School, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, United States

First Flight (disambiguation)

First Flight may refer to:

"First Flight" (Enterprise episode)

First Flight (film), an animated short film

First Flight Airport, in North Carolina, United States

First Flight (horse)

First Flight Handicap, a horse race

First Flight High School, in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina

First Flight: Maiden Voyages in Space and Time, a collection of short-stories

Magik One: First Flight, a music compilation

First Flight (novel), a novel by Chris Claremont

Green Lantern: First Flight

Maiden flight, the first flight of a new aircraft type

First Flight, a sculpture in Milwaukee, WisconsinIt may also refer to:

The first recorded powered, controlled flight of a heavier-than-air craft

First solo flight

First aerial circumnavigation

First Flight Airport

First Flight Airport (IATA: FFA, ICAO: KFFA, FAA LID: FFA) is a public use airport located one nautical mile (2 km) west of the central business district of Kill Devil Hills, a town in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. The airport is owned by the U.S. National Park Service. It is included in the National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2011–2015, which categorized it as a general aviation facility.The airport itself is famous for being the site of hundreds of pre-flight gliding experiments carried out by the Wright brothers. The Wright Brothers National Memorial, located atop nearby Kill Devil Hill, is a 60-foot granite pylon paying homage to the Wright Brothers and the first sustained heavier-than-air flight. The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission also chose the airport as one of the stops for the National Air Tour 2003.

First Flight Baseball Complex

The First Flight Baseball Complex is a baseball venue in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina at First Flight High School. It is the home of the Outer Banks Daredevils of the Tidewater Summer League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The team, which was founded for the 1997 season, began playing at the field in the 2006 season. Prior to this, the Daredevils had played at Coy Tillett Memorial Field in Manteo, North Carolina. The field street address is 111 Veterans Drive, Kill Devils Hills, North Carolina.The field's dimensions are 355 ft. down the foul lines, 368 ft. to the gaps, and 385 ft. to dead center field.

First Flight High School

First Flight High School is a public high school serving grades 9–12. The school was established in 2004, and is located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina on the Outer Banks.The school opened to students on August 17, 2004, with 800 of them in attendance coming from nearby Manteo High School. It is part of the Dare County Schools school district.

First in Flight Centennial commemorative coins

The First in Flight Centennial commemorative coins are a series of commemorative coins issued by the United States Mint in 2003. The coins, issued in half dollar, dollar, and eagle ($10) denominations, commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first controlled flight of a powered heavier-than-air aircraft. The coins were authorized by Public Law 105-124.

John T. Daniels

John Thomas Daniels, Jr. (July 31, 1873 – January 31, 1948) was a member of the U.S. Life-Saving Station in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, who took the photograph of the first flight by the Wright Brothers on December 17, 1903. Daniels, who had never seen a camera before, later said that he was so excited by seeing the Flyer rising that he nearly forgot Orville Wright's instructions to squeeze the bulb triggering the shutter. The camera that he operated was a Gundlach Korona V view camera, which used 5-by-7-inch glass-plate negatives. The camera was owned by the Wright brothers, who were careful to record the history-making moment, and also to preserve a record for any future patent claims. The plate was not developed until the Wright Brothers returned to Ohio.The Wrights made four flights that day; three were photographed: the first, third and fourth. After the Flyer was hauled back from the fourth flight, a powerful gust of wind caught it. Daniels grabbed a strut in an attempt to hold down the aircraft, but he was caught between the wings as the Flyer flipped end over end. Daniels was not seriously hurt, but the Flyer was destroyed with even the engine block split in half. Daniels would tell the story of the day he "survived the first airplane crash" for the remainder of his life. Daniels died January 31, 1948, one day after Orville Wright's passing.

Life-Saving Stations were located along U.S. coastlines to provide emergency rescues for crew and passengers of ships foundering offshore. Members of stations were typically known as "surfmen". The service was merged in 1915 into the new U.S. Coast Guard.

Kill Devil Hill (band)

Kill Devil Hill is a heavy metal supergroup founded in 2011 by drummer Vinny Appice (former Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell and Dio), bassist Rex Brown (former Pantera and Down), guitarist Mark Zavon (former 40 cycle hum) and lead vocalist Dewey Bragg (former Pissing Razors). The band is named after the town of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, a location renowned from pirating days. [Kill Devil Hills, NC is best known as the site of the Wright Brothers's first failed attempt at flying, resulting in the destruction of their catapulted projectile.] The band's sound has been described as "heavy and modern without succumbing to typical contemporary hardcore trappings – indecipherable vocals or overused blast beats."Kill Devil Hill released their self-titled debut album in May 2012.

They have toured the US with rock band Adrenaline Mob.On March 10, 2014, it was announced that Vinny Appice had left the band in order to commit to other things and projects, and that former Type O Negative drummer Johnny Kelly was his replacement.The band performed on Motörhead's Motörboat's cruise in September 2014 and after touring, the band is determined on writing another album with their new member Kelly. The band decided to record at Stagg Street Studios in California with help from engineer Josh Newell (Linkin Park, In This Moment).

List of piers

This article contains a list of piers throughout the world.

Outer Banks Daredevils

The Outer Banks Daredevils are an amateur baseball team playing in the Tidewater Summer League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The team plays its home games at the First Flight Baseball Complex in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The Daredevils were one of the original teams in the Coastal Plain League summer baseball league when the league was founded in 1997. The team was originally located in Manteo, North Carolina until the team moved to Kill Devil Hills in 2006. Since their founding, the Daredevils have had much success winning the 2002 and 2003 Coastal Plain League championships. After missing the 2012 season, the Daredevils joined the Tidewater Summer League for the 2013 season. The Daredevils plan to rejoin the CPL in the near future.

Scott Dawson (wrestler)

David Michael Harwood (born June 30, 1984) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Scott Dawson. Along with Dash Wilder, he is one half of the former two time NXT Tag Team Champions and former Raw Tag Team Champions, The Revival.

Stephen H. Smith

Stephen H. Smith is an American sculptor best known for his interactive life-sized sculpture depicting the first flight of the Wright brothers 1903 flyer on display at the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. The sculpture was commissioned for the Centennial of Flight celebration by the State of North Carolina.Smith has also created other public artworks such as a life sized sculpture of Martin Luther King, Jr. for a park bearing his name in Fayetteville, North Carolina, of Benjamin Newton Duke for Duke University and for the Union County Community Arts Council in Union County, North Carolina.

U.S. Route 158

U.S. Route 158 is an east–west United States highway that runs for 350 miles (560 km) from Mocksville to Whalebone Junction in Nags Head, entirely in the state of North Carolina.


WCXL (104.1 FM) is a 100,000-watt radio station broadcasting a Hot AC music format. It is licensed to Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, and serves the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads areas. The station is owned by Jam Media Solutions LLC. Its studios are located in Nags Head, North Carolina, and transmitter facilities are located in Powells Point, North Carolina, near the Outer Banks. It dropped most of its satellite programming for live and local jocks in 2004.

The station has been showing up in Arbitron's ratings in the Hampton Roads market. It used to be owned by Ray-D-O Biz LLC. It was called WXAI from November 29, 1991 until was renamed on March 29, 1992. It had been known as "XL104." The 104.1 frequency had been tied up for eight years by three groups vying for it: East Carolina Radio, Coastal Broadcasting and Ray-D-O Biz. By the early 1990s, Ray-D-O biz got the frequency.

Wright Brothers National Memorial

For the Wright Memorial in Ohio, see Huffman Prairie. "Kill Devil Hill" redirects here. For the heavy metal band, see Kill Devil Hill (band).Wright Brothers National Memorial, located in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, commemorates the first successful, sustained, powered flights in a heavier-than-air machine. From 1900 to 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright came here from Dayton, Ohio, based on information from the U.S. Weather Bureau about the area's steady winds. They also valued the privacy provided by this location, which in the early twentieth century was remote from major population centers.

Climate data for Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
Average high °F (°C) 51
Average low °F (°C) 36
Record low °F (°C) −6
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.67
Average snowfall inches (cm) 3.6
Source: [10]
Municipalities and communities of Dare County, North Carolina, United States
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